Tamale, May 20, GNA – The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), a Non-Governmental Organisation has presented motor bikes, computers and their accessories to some health institutions in the Northern Region aimed at curbing maternal, newborn and infant mortalities.
The 16 motorbikes, 27 laptops and 18 desktop computers, which cost GHC374,862.32 are to be distributed to the Savelugu/Nanton Municipal health facility and the Saboba and Nanumba North Districts health centres.
Mr George Baiden, Country Director of the CCFC speaking at the handing over ceremony in Tamale at the weekend stressed that CCFC working with some local partners would strive harder to help improve quality healthcare delivery in Ghana especially maternal and infant mortality.
He said CCFC was implementing a four-year project dubbed: ‘Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) and was being implemented with financial support of Global Affairs Canada.
He said CCFC would contribute to the Canadian government’s effort on Muskoka Initiative on Maternal and Health as well as to Ghana’s Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) through partnerships for strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Mr Baiden said the project sought to contribute to the reduction in maternal and child mortality in the Northern Region by improving essential health service delivery to mothers, pregnant women, newborns, and children under five years.
The project he said also sought to increase the consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five years and that CCFC’s key strategies were to strengthen the health system to improve the quality of care.
Mr Baiden said CCFC’s PROMISE project would directly and indirectly impact the lives of over 100,000 beneficiaries including children, women and men and appealed to its partners to work harder for the project to achieve the desired results.
Dr Jacob Mahama, the Northern Regional Director of Health Services in a speech read on his behalf commended CCFC for the giant step it was taking to help address problems relating to infant and maternal mortality in the region.
He commended CCFC for the project and pledged that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) would provide the needed support to ensure that the project succeeded and assured that the motorbikes and the computers would be used for their intended purposes.
By Caesar Abagali, GNA